JD Welsh Cup Nostalgia
1 May 2019

JD Welsh Cup Nostalgia

Ahead of the 132nd JD Welsh Cup Final on Sunday, 5 May, FAW.cymru takes a nostalgic look at previous finals and some of the famous names that have lifted the coveted silverware on this anniversary. 

10 YEARS AGO – Aberystwyth Town 0-2 Bangor City – 4 May 2009

Over 1,000 fans were in attendance at Parc-y-Scarlets in Llanelli as goals from Les Davies and Christian Seargeant ensured that Nev Powell's Bangor City would retain the trophy. The Citizens had to come from behind against Welsh League outfit Bridgend Town in the semi-final to reach the showpiece match, while Aberystwyth Town needed extra-time to beat west Wales rivals Carmarthen Town to book their place.

20 YEASRS AGO – Inter CableTel 1-1 Carmarthen Town (Inter won 4-2 on penalties) – 9 May 1999

Sion Meredith finally opened the scoring for Carmarthen Town after 114 minutes, but his effort was cancelled out by Darren Porretta less than two minutes later as the two teams still could not be separated after extra-time. The side from the capital eventually claimed the trophy, with substitute Samir Misbah scoring the decisive penalty at Penydarren Park. 

30 YEARS AGO – Swansea City 5-0 Kidderminster Harriers – 21 May 1989

Swansea City were handed home advantage for this Welsh Cup Final and claimed a comfortable and convincing win with five different goalscorers in the five-goal victory. Bryan Wade, Robbie James, Paul Raynor, Tommy Hutchinson and Steve Thornber were all on target at the Vetch Field for a side that also included former Wales manager Chris Coleman in the starting line-up.

40 YEARS AGO – Wrexham 1-2 Shrewsbury Town (on aggregate) – 21 and 24 May 1979

The opening match between the two teams at the Racecourse finished in a 1-1 draw with Steve Fox scoring for Wrexham and Steve Biggins on target for the visitors. However, Paul Maguire scored the decisive goal in the return match at Gay Meadow to hand the trophy to Shrewsbury Town in front of their own fans. Gwyn Pierce Owen, who would later become the President of Bangor City FC, refereed both games. 

50 YEARS AGO – Swansea City 1-5 Cardiff City (on aggregate) – 22 and 29 April 1969

John Toshack would become a legendary figure at Swansea City during the 1970's and 1980's, but in the 1960's he was helping his home town club Cardiff City claim the Welsh Cup ahead of their rivals. Toshack scored a brace in the 1stleg at the Vetch Field as Cardiff City claimed a 3-1 victory, and added another in the 2-0 win that followed at Ninian Park a week later.  

60 YEARS AGO – Cardiff City 2-0 Lovell's Athletic – 30 April 1959

Newport's Somerton Park played host for this Welsh Cup Final as Colin Hudson and Joe Bonson scored the goals that would take the trophy back to the capital. Cardiff City had eased past Wrexham 6-0 in the semi-final, while Lovell's Athletic had needed a reply to edge their way past Bangor City with a 2-1 win.

70 YEARS AGO – Merthyr Tydfil 2-0 Swansea City – 5 May 1949

An incredible 35,000 fans would turn out at Ninian Park for the 62ndWelsh Cup Final. Two goals from J. Powell proved to be the difference on the day for the side that had knocked Cardiff City out of the competition at the semi-final stage. Meanwhile, Swansea City had reached the final with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Rhyl.